Feng shui is having a big comeback in interior design lately, and no wonder. Over the past couple of years, we've all needed a little more tranquility and happiness in our homes, and the age-old practice of designing a home based on energy fields offers a nice opportunity to think about home decor in a more mindful way.
According to a feng shui expert, some commonly used modern home decorating ideas are not so great for maintaining good energy in the home, especially around Halloween. And, conversely, some color and design decisions are beneficial during the darker months. Here are the top three* to consider.
1. Avoid positioning a mirror opposite your bed
Decorating with the best mirrors can amplify natural light and create the illusion of more space in a room. However, according to feng shui, you should never place a mirror opposite your bed. Doing so is believed to increase the chance of restless sleep and nightmares.
Moreover, placing a mirror opposite your bed may even cause insomnia. That's because feng shui practitioners believe that a mirror double the energy in a room, creating an overly energized space.
Feng shui expert Vicky Sweetlove (opens in new tab) adds that 'when a mirror is placed in front of the bed, it is mirroring everyone in the bed and then it is symbolic of a third party being in the relationship.'
2. Use orange candles to boost wellbeing
Decorating with the best candles creates a warm and calm ambiance, especially this time of year. If you want to make the most of the good energy candle burning can bring into your home, choose orange candles, and the place them in the south, southwest, northwest and centre of the room.
Vicky explains that 'when you are burning orange candles, it brings in the feeling of warmth, connecting to the sacral chakra and your relationships with your home and family.'
3. Black Halloween decorations? Keep them out of hallways and kitchens
If you are decorating for Halloween, chances are at least some of your decorations are black. Black is a stylish color, but, according to feng shui, it should be used in moderation because of its strong power. Black is not considered a color but rather represents the absence of light, and too much of it in your house 'can be oppressive and bring in heavy energy.'
Vicky confirms this, saying: 'Black represents the element of water and this could be overwhelming', bringing 'a feeling of drowning and depression when entering your home. It would also not feel nurturing in the kitchen and dining room as these rooms are associated with food, mother earth and nourishment.' If you do like black decorations, place them on your front porch instead.
* Tips sourced by Mattress Next Day (opens in new tab).
Anna is Consumer Editor across Future home titles. She contributes to Livingetc, Homes & Gardens, Ideal Home and Real Homes, and she has a background in academic research. She is the author of London Writing of the 1930s. Not just an expert in consumer shopping trends, she has also written about literature, architecture, and photography, and has a special interest in high-end interior design.
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